Archive for opening night
Mamma Mia, the 13th longest running show in Broadway history, celebrated 8 years on Broadway yesterday, Oct 18!
The musical currently stars Beth Leavel, John Dossett, Judy McLane, Allison Briner, Halle Morse, Michael Mindlin, Patrick Boll, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andrew Macdonald and Eric William Morris.
Bye Bye Birdie, which opened on Oct 15, was panned by reviewers in almost every media publication:
- They Can’t Sing (Don’t Ask Them)
- A flightless “Birdie”
- Critics wish ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ was more than just a title
- ‘Bye Bye Birdie’: No reason to put on a happy face
- “Bye Bye Birdie” returns to Broadway with a thud
- ‘Bird’-brained revival flops
The consensus – the bulk of the cast can’t sing, dance or act. Ouch!
The New York Post reported that the stage manager for Broadway’s South Pacific, Michael Brunner, has been arraigned for recording video of one of the actresses in her dressing room. Lincoln Center Theater has terminated his contract due to the incident.
They say bad dress means a good opening. If that’s true, tonight’s performance of Bye Bye Birdie will tear down the house.
Bye Bye Birdie had a LOT of trouble at last night’s dress rehearsal when the electronically controlled set wouldn’t move off the stage for a full 20 min.
John Stamos, who’s playing Albert in the production, filled the time by calling out to audience members Don Rickles and Bob Saget. The former came up on stage and spoke through the mic rigged to Stamos’ forehead, saying, “I’m really glad your crotch is not miked.” Gina Gershon also came out and obliged the request to “do something from Showgirls” by performing the staple “jazz hands to the face” move.
Gotta love when things go wrong in live theater.
Be sure to send your love and “break a leg” wishes to the cast and crew!